Liverpool are still interested in potentially signing Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch in the summer transfer window, a new report has claimed.
The Dutchman has emerged as arguably one of Europe’s most exciting young players in recent years, bursting onto the scene at Ajax as a teenager and immediately making a big impression.
Gravenberch had a tough first season at Bayern, however, joining last summer but struggling to make himself a key part of the Bundesliga giants’ plans, and having to accept being below others in the pecking order.
The 21-year-old only made three starts in the league, admittedly also coming on as a substitute another 21 times, and it doesn’t look as though he has a bright future there, as things stand.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Gravenberch throughout this summer, with the youngster seen as someone who could come in and boost Jurgen Klopp’s midfield options.
Now, a new update has emerged, with the Bayern Insider podcast [via Sport Witness] claiming that the Reds are still keen on snapping up the Bayern man, arguably standing out as the front-runners to sign him. Klopp is believed to rate the player highly.
Our thoughts on Liverpool’s new interest in Gravenberch…
While there is no doubting Gravenberch’s potential as a top-quality young midfielder with a high ceiling, it could be argued that he isn’t the right profile for the type of player Liverpool need now.
The 11-cap Netherlands international can play as a defensive midfielder, which the Reds crave so much, but he is more effective when given more attacking freedom, and he isn’t necessarily a master in that role.
Bringing in both Romeo Lavia and Andre from Southampton and Fluminense respectively makes more sense, both of whom are more natural in the No.6 position, anchoring things in the middle of the park and combining tackling excellent and ability on the ball.
Had Liverpool not already signed Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, Gravenberch could be seen as a strong choice as one of the No.8s, but signing him now instead of one of the other aforementioned targets wouldn’t make a huge amount of sense.